A tale of two cultures

A New Zealand businesswoman was in China when the discussion with one of her hosts turned to the Canterbury earthquake.

He said it was impossible that no-one could be killed after a quake of that magnitude. The government must have very tight control on the media and the people to keep the death toll hidden.

She laughed.

Then she said that no, no-one had died which was due in part to an element of luck but also to our building codes. She added that had anyone died there would have been no attempt to cover it up, the media here is free and the government not only doesn’t, it couldn’t control it.

He laughed.

4 Responses to A tale of two cultures

  1. Helian says:

    This blog is a fake. It’s top article is tagged October 19, and I know for a fact its only October 18. Helian in Maryland.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Helian – I’m taking the charitable view that your comment isn’t spam because it shows up something about culture which is related to the post.

    It may be October 18 in Maryland but this blog is written in New Zealand where’s it’s been Tuesday October 19 for 11 hours and 10 minutes.


  3. adam2314 says:

    HP. Helians next statement will be.

    Where abouts in America is New Zealand ??.. :-))


  4. jps says:

    haha helian, but anyway, very telling story in the post. even though our media are generally quite inane, at least they’re not controlled directly by the pollies.


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